UNDER THE CURRENTS

Welcome, Minyan!

Date: June 20th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

We are so very pleased to announce our newest staff member, Minyan Watson-Faulkner! If you don’t meet Minyan at a training or presentation in the next couple of months, we hope you’ll be joining us in New Orleans in October for Sex+: A Sexual Health Revolution! But until you do meet Minyan in person, here’s…

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#SRAisAbstinenceOnly: New Name, Same Shame

Date: June 13th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

We’ve joined with Advocates for Youth, Answer, SIECUS,  Planned Parenthood, and many others to spread the word that abstinence-only has been repackaged under a new name, “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA).” But don’t be fooled by their deceitful appropriation of new rights language, it’s the same old shaming, inaccurate lectures. These lessons do nothing but harm…

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It’s Pride Month! 5 Queer Reads for Allies in Honor of Stonewall’s 50th

Date: June 5th, 2019
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Nicholas Sufrinko

This month marks a full half-century since the Stonewall Uprising, when queer residents in New York City’s Greenwich Village notably demanded space to be open about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The uprising at the Stonewall Inn followed one of many commonplace police raids in underground queer establishments during the era of queer…

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Welcome to Our New President & CEO: James B. Smith

Date: June 4th, 2019
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An Important Announcement from Our Board Chair I am pleased to welcome, on behalf of the Healthy Teen Network Board of Directors, our new President and CEO, James B. Smith. James brings over 24 years of experience in progressive, successful leadership and program development of nonprofit organizations and private-public partnerships. During our selection process, we…
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How to Find Housing and Services for Young People Who Are Pregnant or Parenting

Date: May 30th, 2019
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Gina Desiderio

We often get questions from young people who are pregnant or parenting, looking for housing and other support services. While Healthy Teen Network does not provide housing or direct services for young people who are pregnant or parenting, we have put together a list of resources that may help young people find some answers: Are…

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We shouldn’t even have to say this, but #stopthebans

Date: May 21st, 2019
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Gina Desiderio

When I started at Healthy Teen Network over 12 years ago, I learned about our organization’s history, how as NOAPP (or, the National Organization on Pregnancy and Parenting), we were founded to support professionals working with young people who are pregnant or parenting. We later added the third “P” for prevention (becoming NOAPPP), yet over…

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Spring > Winter

Date: May 16th, 2019
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Bob Reeg

It’s spring where I live. Flowers are blooming. Trees are blossoming. And here I am, writing a blog post during a pleasant, springtime #SexEdforAll month at the very moment that the Alabama state legislature and governor have enacted the least pro-choice state law in the nation. It feels like a #NoSexforAnyone Nor’easter has blown through…

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This Mamas Day, Remember to Celebrate Young Mothers!

Date: May 9th, 2019
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Gina Desiderio

We’ve often talked about problems that come along with a month previously recognized as “Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month,” and we couldn’t be more excited that May is now officially Sex Ed for All Month. Sex Ed for All is a more inclusive way to raise awareness for improving sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice…

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Why “Sex Ed for All”?

Date: May 1st, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network
Our Director of Innovation and Research, Dr. Genevieve Martínez-García, shares more on why Healthy Teen Network is #StandingStrong for #SexEdForAll, in this short video: Our society has a responsibility to support and empower young people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives, and that includes sexual lives. For too long, we’ve let the disease-prevention model monopolize…
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This Earth Day, Consider a Green Sex Ed

Date: April 22nd, 2019
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Nicholas Sufrinko

I have long maintained that sex education in the United States is too science-centric, too focused on “plumbing” and pathology. So, environmentalist sex education may seem like a curious thing for which to advocate. But let me explain. I come from a part of the country where entire communities were built from the exploitation of…

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